|Corfe Castle Key Facts|
|County||Dorset (7 castles)|
|Categories||Stone / Norman Square Keep|
|Although damaged to prevent reuse after the English Civil War large sections of wall remain to be explored. Located on top of a large hill.|
|A favourite residence of King John.|
|Remains||Not complete but much survives|
|Access to site||Only open at certain times|
|This is a fantastic castle to visit and explore. Be prepared to walk up quite a steep slope to the keep. Uneven ground around the keep at the top. Great views of the steam trains that run regularly to the nearby station.|
|1139||Corfe Castle siege|
|In 1139 Baldwin de Redvers took the castle for Matilda. King Stephen besieged the castle but was unable to take it back.|
Episode: Civil War Stephen and Matilda
|1216||Jun||Prince Louis advances across England|
|Prince Louis advanced on Winchester and captured the city and its castle. Elsewhere, Windsor Castle and Dover Castle were besieged by the rebel barons. Both castles were defended and held out against the sieges. King John used Corfe Castle in the south-west as his base of operations while he planned his campaign against the rebel barons and Prince Louis.|
Episode: The First Barons' War
|Early Modern Period (1500-1800)|
|1643||Aug||Corfe Castle rescued|
|Corfe Castle was being besieged by Parliamentary forces. Inside the castle Lady Mary Banks with a small number of defenders had managed to hold the castle against much larger number of men outside. Lady Mary's husband, Sir John Banks, was elsewhere with King Charles at the time. Prince Maurice attacked and drove off the Parliamentary besiegers.|
White Tower, London
One of the most important types of building in the time of William the Conqueror and William Rufus were the Norman keeps. Although many were rebuilt in the following century there are many good examples still remaining. The White Tower in London (pictured left), Dover and Rochester in the south east, Newcastle, Appleby, Carlisle, Brough, Richmond in the north are all examples of this type of castle. Other examples include Portchester, Guilford, Goodrich, Norwich, Castle Rising, Hedingham and Colchester. The castles are all built from a roughly uniform plan. A massive square tower with a square turret at each of the corners that project slightly. Each of the main faces of the castle has a flat buttress running up the centre of the wall for extra strength. The only parts that have decoration are usually the main doorway at the entrance and the chapel. At the centre of the keep are large halls. Some keeps have a dividing wall down the middle. Access to different levels and sections of the castle are by passages and spiral staircases built into the thick walls.
Take control of a medieval trebuchet to destroy the enemy castle and capture their flag.
Transport yourself back up to a thousand years and explore historical buildings as they may have appeared in the past.